International students: After you arrive
Find out about what to do when you first get here, events to help you settle in and support available.
International student handbook
Download the International student handbook 2019 (PDF, 3,751kB) for essential information on living in the UK and services available to support you.
Important first steps
Make sure you complete these steps as soon as possible after you have arrived.
Biometric Residence Permit card (BRP)
If you are on a Tier 4 student visa, you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. Your BRP card is proof of your immigration permission to be in the UK as a Tier 4 Student. Find out where to collect your BRP.
If you needed a visa to come to the UK, check it to find out if you need to register with the police. If you do need to register with the police, you must do this within 7 days after arriving.
Open a bank account
You will need a bank letter from the University to open a bank account. You can get one at the International Welcome Lounge or when you register in person if you are living in University accommodation.
Opening a bank account can take some time, so make sure you have access to enough money to keep you going. Don't bring a lot of cash with you though, as it could be lost or stolen.
Download our banking handbook (PDF, 287kB) to find out everything you need to know about opening a bank account in the UK.
Register with a doctor
Register with a GP (doctor) when you arrive in the UK, find out how and get more information on health care for international students from the Students' Health Service.
In the UK if you have a health problem, mental health issue or a disability you may get additional free help so make sure you tell us so we can support you from the very beginning.
Meningitis and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination
Students' Health Service will have appointments available from the 26th September for any new student under the age of 25, who registers with us and has not had a meningitisACWY and / or MMR vaccination.
You will need to register online (info on our website http://www.bristol.ac.uk/students-health/ ) then call or come in to make an appointment.
If you haven't found accommodation before arriving in the UK, see our advice on how to find accommodation once you're here.
Register in person
You need to register in person to confirm your attendance and to collect your University Card (UCard) and other documentation.
If you are a sponsored student provide your letter
Find out what a sponsored student is and how to provide your letter to the International Partnerships and Relations Team by 4 October 2019.
Download your timetable
Find your Welcome Week timetable so you know where to be when you first arrive.
There are a range of welcome events to welcome you to university and help you build your community here in Bristol.
International Welcome Lounge
Visit the International Welcome Lounge on the fourth floor of The Richmond Building during September and January arrival periods.
Get support with finding accommodation, opening a bank account, meeting other students or just come for a cup of tea and some snacks.
Join exciting trips and activities too. There will be more details about these closer to the time.
Welcome Lounge opening hours:
Monday 9 to Friday 13 September: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 September: Closed
Monday 16 to Friday 27 September: 10 am - 4 pm (including the weekend)
International Welcome Lounge 9 - 27 September
Download the Welcome Lounge events schedule 2019 (PDF, 153kB) for details of free* trips and events and use links to reserve your space (*unless otherwise stated).
Welcome Week (23 to 27 September 2019)
Welcome Week is a celebration for all Bristol students (both new and returning) organised by Bristol Students' Union (Bristol SU).
It's one of the biggest events in the calendar. You can expect all of this and more:
- nights out
- food festivals
- movie nights
- colour runs
- wellbeing events
- an International Students' Network mingle
Visit the Welcome Fair on Friday 27 September to find out about all the student societies and clubs you can join as well as find out more about life at Bristol. Watch a video from a previous Welcome Fair to find out what to expect.
Your life in Bristol
Check the current international student page to find out about international student events and opportunities happening throughout the year.
Free support services
Find out about our free support services open to all students.
Get to know the campus by taking a self-guided walk, narrated by current students.
Your student community
Build your community with Bristol SU. Run by students for students.
More information about what you need to do next and what is happening during your first few weeks as a student at Bristol.